A common grave containing the remains of at least 40 prisoners was recently uncovered in a Venezuelan prison located in the central city of San Juan de Moros.
The discovery has raised serious questions about the country's judicial and prison systems. While the prisoners are accusing the National Guard (NG) of killing the men, the NG says the prisoners themselves are responsible.
According to NG officials, after an uprising that lasted for more than 3 months, prisoners took control of the prison and established a "peace tribunal" to judge and condemn prisoners who committed crimes.
Latinamerica Press, Jan. 30, 1992
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